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Hello.  Thank you for considering ASTC!

Because ASTC is a Limited Lability Company, we are a "for-profit." Please read the 2018 Fair Labor Standards Act and the "Primary Beneficiary Test." With this Internship Program you are the Primary Beneficiary and not entitled to compensation at the conclusion of the program.      

If you are still interested, please learn more About ASTC before reading below.

If not interested, please consider looking over other regional options



The ASTC Internship program is designed for High School Seniors and College Students.

Duration is about least 8-16 weeks.  There is more flexibility with summer internships.  


You must be enrolled in a school from our general 5 state service area.  

High School:  You will need to be in a club like the Future Business Leaders of America.  

College:  You will need to fulfill an academic requirement for a certification or degree. 

ASTC will need to communicate with your academic advisor throughout the internship.

ASTC also has a Volunteer Program that may better suit your needs.  

Advantages with ASTC  

Make your own schedule.  ASTC will set up weekly review conversations on your time.

You can change your schedule with ASTC at anytime that suits your needs. 


Our Internship Program is excellent for those who have lots of initiative, and need time to conduct research for their own future academic and career goals.      

ASTC will do their best to offer you opportunities for mentoring, networking, and professional development with organizations other than ASTC.  We are stronger in the Southwestern Virginia area of our service region.  However, you will need to initiate such networking.    

Your name on the ASTC Personnel Page.  From this page you will have a link to your own page on ASTC.  Here you can promote yourself with links.

Your name, organization, and hours will be on the ASTC Contributors page.     

If ASTC is satisfied with the Internship, you will have access to the Hall of Fame.  These are annual.  Your link can be edited years from now.   

If you have a handicap that may one day place you as a unqualified applicant in future job applications, ASTC will do their best to help you get experience in your chosen field so that we can prove it can be done.

Disadvantages with ASTC

For 2021, ASTC does not have a brick and motor office.  Furthermore, the President is the only employee.  There will not be a normal office set up with you being able to network with several others. 


ASTC started in Jan. 2021.  We do not have much influence in our 5 state service area.  Not many will know of us when we advocate for you and provide a reference in the near future.

ASTC would like to help motivated students.  If you are just trying to check a box and not push yourself, this is not the organization for you.  


We are not set up for an internship that is a 9-5 / Mon-Fri schedule where you do the same tasks over and over.  We will try and get you out of your comfort zone.  We would rather you make mistakes and learn from them now so that you can reach your potential later.       


Academic Programs and ASTC

Excellent Compatibility

Marketing/Advertising/Branding.  ASTC will spend much of their first 12 months working on this.  Help stakeholders with their brand.   

Journalism.  Conducting interviews with tourists and stakeholders. Helping with Press Releases.  Create the foundation of the ASTC Newsletter.  Recording and producing videos.

Natural Resource Conservation.  Developing Trail Crew/s on Public Domain Land.  

Outdoor Recreation Planning.  Visit community meetings and help citizens with policy formation, implementation, and management.   

Please see our Policy Category on our Stakeholder site.

Appalachian Studies.  Conduct research and network with people to help tourists and stakeholders be more informed.    

Economic Development, with a concentration on Nature Based Tourism. 

Please see our Tourism Consulting Twitter List.

Vacation planning and trip planning (Travel Specialist).  Help potential tourists plan their epic vacation within Appalachia.

It's already looking like one of our 2022 goals will be to facilitate Travel Specialists Organizations to bring in tourists to our 5 state service are.  

ecommerce.  Learn how to use the wix system for building and maintaining a website, with sales revenue generation.

Public Administration.  Learn how to recruit, onboard, lead, and retain volunteers by offering a value exchange that money can't buy.  ASTC considers themselves Onboarding Specialists.   


Good Compatibility


Business Management.  Strategic Planning.  Value Innovation.  ASTC is an Entrepreneur Incubator.

Please see our Entrepreneur Incubator Twitter List.

Economic Development, with a concentration on Hospitality and Tourism.

Please see our Tourism Consulting Twitter List.

Tourism Planning.  Visit community meetings and help citizens with policy formation, implementation, and management.  

Please see our Policy Category on our Stakeholder site.

Business Management Information Systems.  Develop soft skills and consultation skills. 

Rural Community Revitalization.  Work with Mayors and other stakeholders on projects.  ASTC has an Adopt an Organization Program for distressed counties and areas in the ARC.

Please see our Appalachian Region Twitter list.

International Business.  Help businesses prepare for international tourists as tourism continues to develop in rural Appalachia.  Research and predict global market trends, and diffuse culture shock.

Please see our Global Travel Networking Twitter list

Satisfactory Compatibility

Business Management and Leadership.  ASTC does not have any employees. 


Outdoor Recreation Leadership.  ASTC will not be a guide or lead work hikes for 2021.  

Business Management Information Systems.  ASTC does not focus on Software development.

Public Administration.  Aid communities with public (government) policy formation meetings.  Help stakeholders improve their job skills and find jobs in the Tourism Service Industry. 


Economic Development, with a concentration on Industry.  Help create a diversified economy.    

Environmental Studies.  Analyze the sustainably of various nature based tourism ventures.  Conduct scientific research on natural resources.  Network with Scientists.     

Economical Studies.  Look for trends in economic development (industry and or service) in our region over the next 20 years.  Network with Public Administrators.  

Social Studies.  Look for trends in shifting demographics in our region over the next 20 years.  Create more access to heath care and wellness facilities in the region.  Network with Social Workers.



Poor Compatibility

Shipping.  Human Resources.  Big Data Analytics (ASTC does not collect information).  Accounting.  Sales.   

Intern Responsibilities Include  

Write 2-4 Blogs to let others know how things are going with your experience.

Heavy documentation of productively so that ASTC can advocate for you in the future.

Available for 60 minute weekly review conversations.  This can be on zoom or in person.

Present 4 goals you wish to achieve while with ASTC.  These goals must be approved by your academic advisor and discussed in your blogs.

Prompt feedback to ASTC to make sure you are getting the most from your Internship.

Support Adopted Organizations that fit in with your specific career goals and schedule.


Pick one or more of our 5 annual goals to help support.       

Get out of your comfort zone and improve your weaknesses.  

Complete our stakeholder form to get started!




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